Why I’m Running the Richmond Marathon (Again!)

why i'm running the richmond marathon again

In two months, I’ll start officially training for my third marathon, and I honestly can’t wait!  After the amazing experience I had last year running the Richmond Marathon, I decided pretty quickly (like, halfway through the race) that I wanted to do it again.  Here are a few reasons why I’m in love with this race, and am really looking forward to running it for the second year in a row:

The Pre-Race Logistics are easy & fun. The communication leading up to race weekend was very informative and really got me pumped up for the weekend! The expo was small but had a lot of great vendors. My favorite part of doing this race as an out-of-towner was the FREE course tours that were offered the day before the race.  Not only did it keep me off my feet and give me a great preview of what I was in for the next day, but the tour guide has been coaching the training group for over a decade and gave great tips.  It really helped on race day, since I didn’t get to train on the course at all!

Hanging out at the expo with Christina and Carrie

Hanging out at the expo with Christina and Carrie

The course is beautiful.  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the course! I loved that the marathon course split off from the half marathoners right away, and the part of the course that was “separate” was scenic.  I really enjoyed running down Monument Avenue, and then by the river, and it was at a part of the race where I had the energy to really appreciate the scenery.  When we joined up with the half marathon course again, it was the later part of the race….when we really needed the crowds & energy!

Reasons to run the Richmond Marathon or Half Marathon from the official blogger

Running along Riverside Drive

The bridge heading to the southside of Richmond

The bridge heading to the southside of Richmond

The crowds are energetic.  Speaking of the crowds, I was surprised at how many people were out along the course.  I saw so many great signs, and there was great energy! It was clear to me that this is a race that the entire city embraces.  Of course, I had my own cheer squad scattered along the course, which made it that much sweeter!

Cheer Squad

Cheer Squad

V-C-U.  If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you know that I completed my undergraduate degree at Virginia Commonwealth University.  This means I got to see lots of friends, many of which I hadn’t seen in several years!! My roommate from college even ran the half as her first!  I also just love that this race is now on VCU’s homecoming weekend, and that the course runs right through VCU! It was AWESOME to run through campus and to get cheered on by the students & the pep squad.  I’m hoping this year that the Peppas make an appearance! (Can someone make that happen, please!?!)

Flat with a downhill finish. I don’t think I need to say anything else here.

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A post-race party with pizza and (good!) beer.  I usually pass on the post-race beer since it’s a certain light beer that I can’t stand…but to have Sierra Nevada at the finish? And Papa John’s Pizza?! Oh my goodness….YES!!!  The atmosphere was great, too.  It was probably one of the few races that we hung around after to just celebrate our accomplishment!

Brooke, Myself, Christina, Amy, Carrie enjoying the post-race party

Brooke, Myself, Christina, Amy, Carrie enjoying the post-race party

A Saturday morning race means you have the rest of the weekend to celebrate!  Richmond has a lot of great places to explore, and it’s nice to get the race out of the way so that you can really enjoy the weekend! I had some great food and got to meet up with friends and family the balance of the weekend.  I’m already trying to figure out what places to go to in November!

Reasons to run the Richmond Marathon or Half Marathon from the official blogger

Celebrating at dinner Saturday Night

SWAG.  For the price of this race, I was really impressed with the swag.  In addition to the standard t-shirt and medal, we also got a finishers hat and blanket.  I am not lying when I say that I wore my hat pretty much every training run over the winter (I switch to visors when it gets warm out), and I use my blanket every night on my couch.  I also got some merch at the expo and post-race that I use all the time!



Obviously, I’m really excited for this race.  I am also SUPER EXCITED to announce that I will be one of the official bloggers for the Richmond Marathon!  

What does this mean for the blog? Honestly, nothing much different than you saw last year…I’ll be blogging about my training each week and chronicling my journey to get #richmondready.  I do have a special event I’m planning here in Atlanta along with the Richmond Marathon, so stay tuned for that!

I will officially start training the second week in July, and my focus between now and then will be base building and getting as strong as I can before it kicks off.

If you’re new here, make sure you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin to follow my training journey!

Also, if you’re interested in joining me, make sure you sign up soon to beat the price increase! Use referral code jessrunsatl to stay up to date on special events/promotions we are doing!

PSSSST – you can check out my training for last year’s marathon here.

Have you run the Richmond Marathon or Half Marathon before? Will you be running it this year? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Yes, ran the full last year and will do the half this one. Want to share my enjoyment of the race with some friends who have never done it before!

  2. Yay Jess!! You rock! I am so proud of all your accomplishments and can’t wait to follow along your journey of yet another FULL crazy marathon 😉

  3. Jess, a friend shared your blog and I love it! I’m running Richmond Marathon this year for the first time & running Hotlanta as well. I’m looking forward to toone blog. In live in Alabama but from Miami. 😂

    • Thanks for stopping by Dee! I would love to meet up with you when you’re here for Hotlanta!! How far in Alabama do you live? Please email me! Contact form is at the top of the page 🙂

  4. Race logistics are one of the things that make me go back to a race over and over again. If it is smooth and easy I am hooked.

  5. My husband and I have run a few half marathons but this year we are ready to train for a full. After narrowing down the options we have decided to run the Richmond marathon! We will be starting our training in a few weeks. Any tips on this particular race would be awesome! I’ll be sure to follow your blog!

    • This is great Kristi!! Do you live in that area, or another part of the country? I’m working on putting together some training tips that I’ll be sharing next month. Richmond is a GREAT choice for your first full!!

      • We recently moved to Boston and are signed up to do the Boston about a month before Richmond. I’ll keep an eye out for your training tips. Thanks!

  6. I ran the marathon 3 years ago, and I loved it for many of the same reasons. This year I am running the half. I love in NC, but grew up an hour southwest of Richmond. This too will be a chance for me to see family and friends.

  7. Hi Jessica! My name is Cindy Brooks and I am the editor of a Richmond City Civic Association newsletter. May I use some quotes from this blog post in an article I am writing about this year’s Marathon? I think it would give my readers a new perspective on this race if they read about it from a participant’s POV. Please let me know by October 12th, if possible. I would credit you for any quotes and/or photos that I used.

    Regards (and best of luck in the 2016 Marathon)!!

    Cindy Brooks
    Editor, Bellevue Times

    • Hi Cindy! Not a problem, you may use quotes and photos from this post. I would love a copy of the final article. Can you email me at jessrunsatlblog@gmail.com once it’s complete? I’m happy to provide any additional insights you may need. Thanks!!

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